Kevin Love named Arthur Ashe Award winner

Love has been at the forefront in sports in raising mental health awareness.

( Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has been named the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage winner for 2020, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The award is named after the former tennis star Ashe and is given annually to a person whose contributions and works extends beyond and transcends sports. Love will be honored during the ESPYs on Sunday evening.

Love has been at the forefront in sports in raising awareness for mental health. He has been open in detailing his struggle with mental health, hoping his story can help others.

“It is an absolute honor to receive this award and I am incredibly humbled by it,” Love said in a statement. “In telling my story, if I can help just one child that is suffering to make sense of what they are experiencing, I know my efforts have been worth it. I hope one day we are able to erase the stigma around mental illness, starting with public conversations around mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it, followed by research, action, and change.”

Love first shared his mental health experiences back in 2018, and it has helped raise more awareness among NBA players as well.

“I’m incredibly humbled by it,” Love told USA Today Sports. “It’s really a profound honor if you look back at that group of men and women who I admire. Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, to name a few. It’s very, very humbling to see my name next to those. I just feel like I have so much more work to do. Those are people who put in a lifetime of work. With my name next to theirs, I have an obligation and opportunity to make a lot of change in the world of mental health.”

Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in 56 games this season, which has concluded for the Cavaliers as they were left out of the NBA's 22-team restart plan in Orlando.